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Mixed Results, Sorry To Say
Reviewed in the United States on February 13, 2014
This review is for Maxell UR-90 Cassette tapes, of which I have purchased more than one multipack. Yes, the sound is quite good typically, but there have been frequent occasions where, early into playback, the sound is muffled and uneven. Diagnosis is a bit tricky, but I do consider the tapes, and not the tapedeck, as the culprit. Here's why. I have a fairly new tape deck (a nice dual cassette Teac) which plays cassettes (a dozen or so) I recorded on my previous deck (also was a Teac) thirty years ago (normal bias Maxell and TDK tapes) FLAWLESSLY every time, and they sound as dynamic as when first recorded. No glitches, ever! The new tapes reviewed here, TAPED ON MY NEW DECK (so one would think there'd be enhanced compatibility, come playback), regularly play poorly during the first few minutes of playback (that muffled, flutter/wow sound). A real letdown. I'm convinced that this cassette format, which I love, but is not "state of the art" these days, suffers quality-wise on these reviewed Maxell tapes, compared to their ancestors Maxell used to make. ( Could be the tape, the mechanism, or both). Sorry to say. I'm grateful that Maxell still produces cassettes, but it's too bad the current product can't match the unflinching reliability of their decades-old ancestor cassettes. They don't make 'em like they used to.